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Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019

On 14 February 2019 the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Bill 2019 was introduced in the House of Representatives.

The Bill will create a new Act, the Australian Veterans’ Recognition (Putting Veterans and their Families First) Act 2019.

The Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP and the Hon. Darren Chester, MP made a joint media statement on 27 October 2018 stating that the Government will develop an Australian Defence Veteran Covenant (Covenant), to be enacted in legislation, to recognise the unique nature of military service and support veterans and their families.

The Covenant will provide an opportunity for Australians and the business community to recognise veterans and their families and the service and sacrifice they have made as members of the Australian Defence Force.

This Bill is part of the Veteran Recognition package designed to provide recognition to veterans and their families. As part of the recognition package, a lapel pin and the Australian Defence Veterans’ Covenant will be distributed to veterans. The lapel pin will allow veterans to be easily identifiable by the Australian community where they choose to wear it.

The Bill commences on 1 July 2019.

Further information, including the text of the Bill, Explanatory Memorandum, and Minister’s Second Reading Speech

Invitation to make a submission to Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

The Selection of Bills Committee referred the Bill to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee for enquiry and report by 22 March 2019. 

The Bill was referred to provide veterans an opportunity to review, be satisfied with and have their say on the Bill.

Submissions close on 6 March 2019. Access the report.

Information on how to make a submission.

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